One of the social tools we’ll use in #clmooc is our Google + Community. You’ll need a Google account to access it. In addition to proving helpful in #clmooc, your Google account will give you access to useful tools like Gmail, Google Docs, calendar and more.

Sign up for a Google account

If you have a Gmail address, you already have a Google account and you can move on to getting started with Google +, the social network community we’ll use for #clmooc. If you’ve not used Gmail or other Google Apps, you’ll need to create a Google account. Visit Google’s new accounts page to register for an account.  Choose a strong password that is memorable to you but difficult for others to guess. You might also like to read the terms of service  & privacy policy related to Google accounts which have recently been updated.

For additional support, WikiHow has this detailed, step-by-step guide that will walk you through Google Account creation.


Getting started with Google +

Google plus

To have access to all the daily sharing and chatter in #clmooc, you’ll need a Google + account. By joining Google’s social network, you’ll be able to access #clmooc’s Google + Community and also have the opportunity to create or sit in on Google Hangouts. Google is kind enough to walk you through Google + account setup here.


Google+ Communities

Google + communities are great places to share content, have discussion and make connections. This beginner’s guide from Ryan Lytle at Mashable will help you understand the basics of how Google + Communities work. 


Turning Notifications On and OffGoogle Community Notifications

While participating in this Massive Open Online Collaboration, you will probably not want to receive a massive number of emails. Be sure to turn off the notifications to avoid receiving an email notification each time someone contributes to the community.





Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 6.42.50 AMOur #clmooc Community

The Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) G+ community will buzz with participant chatter daily. Post questions, create quick progress updates and share interesting web content with this MOOC. Check in often to see what everyone is up to.

Check out the community here and you’ll see the connections and interactions happening there. When you’re Join buttonready to share, question and discuss, click join. We’ll see you there!





Next: Grouping and Collaborating with G+ Communities


Still Stuck?

If you’ve tried using the support provided here and you still can’t find the information you need, email Chad Sansing, one of our facilitators, at Chad dreams in computer code and he can help.